Conservatives and public education reform

Support for small government, free markets, fiscal responsibility and strong local communities defines conservatism. Conservatives emphasize the importance of individual freedom, but also recognize the need to check human passion using the traditional pillars of civilization: law, government, religion and education. Conservatives increasingly see the need for reform in South Carolina’s public education system, but […]


Sweet dreams in the Furman lab

Sleep. Most of us look forward to it as a way to recuperate from a hectic day and prepare our bodies and minds for the next. But researchers in the Psychology Department at Furman are looking at another function of sleep that isn’t typically associated with slumber—memory. “My work follows one hypothesis, which is that […]


Improving diversity in the sciences

Current statistics from the National Science Foundation on women and minorities in science and engineering suggest that the demographic composition of scientists and engineers does not reflect the large diversity of the American population. Over 70% of scientists and engineers in the United States are white, 12% Asian, 6% Hispanic, and only 5% black. Furman […]


Benefits of hopping, running and jumping

Furman health sciences professor Julian Reed says that if children are hopping, jumping and running while they are learning math, English and other school subjects, they will not only be fitter, but they will learn better. Mike Switzer, editor of the South Carolina Business Review for South Carolina ETV Radio, interviewed Dr. Reed about his […]


A defining challenge of our era

Furman recently announced that it had received a $500,000 gift to support its rapidly growing Poverty Studies program. Meanwhile, on the same day, the University of North Carolina announced that it was considering closing its poverty studies program. According to philosophy professor David Gandolfo, who chairs Furman’s Poverty Studies program, one of these universities is […]


What’s in a name?

There has been a debate at Clemson University about whether the name of an iconic building on campus, Tillman Hall, should be changed. The building’s namesake, Benjamin Tillman, was a former South Carolina governor (1890-94) and a well-known white supremacist. Furman education professor Paul Thomas weighed in on the debate in a post on his […]


A winning program on the field and off

If you’re looking for a college women’s soccer program that wins both on the field and in the classroom, you would be wise to consider the one at Furman.  According to USA Today’s “College Sports Rankings,” Furman is ranked No. 7 among the top 10 women’s soccer programs that excel both in sports and academics.  […]


Perhaps not as “green” as it seems

When you buy food or paper towels at the grocery store, do you see a “recycled” or “all-natural” label on it? According to Furman business professor Jeanine Stratton, the label might not always mean a product is “green.” Stratton, who specializes in human and consumer behavior, visited Florida State University Panama City recently to talk […]


From Furman to Valparaiso

For the first time in seven years, Valparaiso University offered a class in Islam Theology last fall. At the beginning of this academic year, the Theology Department welcomed Dr. Melanie Trexler, a 2004 Furman graduate, to the Valparaiso faculty. Trexler comes to her new position with not only a stellar academic portfolio, but also an undeniable passion […]


‘Durang Durang’ receives high praise

According to Paul Hyde, the arts writer for The Greenville News, there’s some terrific acting taking place at the Furman Playhouse in “Durang Durang,” a compilation of six short comedies by playwright Christopher Durang. He writes that “an ensemble of eight Furman students performs these sometimes outlandish playlets with full-throated, go-for-broke energy and commitment” and […]